Features

Totó la Momposina in Paris: a Colombian refugee becomes a star

How the Colombian musical icon’s career blossomed in the 70s and 80s in France

10 Years of Society of Sound

It’s some legacy: Ten years’ worth of outstanding music. Sounds good, right? Actually, it sounds...

‘World Music’ or A World of Musics? An African Perspective

Youssou N'Dour looks at the complex relationship between western music and music of African origin.

Making the video for Peter Gabriel’s ‘Blood of Eden’

Directors Nichola Bruce and Mike Coulson discuss the inspiration and development of the video.

Live: Les Amazones d’Afrique at Brighton Festival

Les Amazones d'Afrique deliver a rousing, energetic set in the Dome as part of Brighton Festival.

10 Songs of protest from around the world

10 inspirational tracks with bold socio-political statements that feature on our playlist, Protest!

Remembering Haroon Shamsher

In June 2017, Haroon Shamsher was honoured with a BBC Music Day Blue Plaque in recognition of his co...

The Seven Steps to Mercy: Track by Track

Iarla Ó Lionáird takes us through the tracks on his debut solo album, released in 1997.

Meet Rokia Koné: the Rose of Bamako

The latest single by Les Amazones d'afrique features the outstanding Malian singer Rokia Koné, whose powerful, distinctive voice will stop you in your tracks.

14 African musical styles for you to explore

Zimbabwean musician and teacher Chartwell Dutiro talks us through 14 musical styles from Africa.

7 Real World album covers re-created with Lego

Two 11 year olds combined their favourite things —Lego and world music— in this wonderful rainy...

Why Jane Harbour looks for a Happy Accident when composing with Spiro

Jane Harbour offers some insight into her process of composing music with the band Spiro

5 Real World Irish traditional albums you should hear

We've had a look back over our catalogue to select 5 of our best Irish traditional music releases.

The Women of Real World

A run down of some of the inspirational and talented female musicians we have worked with throughout the years.